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Mass at Santa Marta

 

If pastoral care lacks courage

Do Christians “truly believe” in the power of the Holy Spirit that is inside them, the Holy Father asked during his homily for Holy Mass ...

​The icon of the fool

“The way of folly leads to corruption” Pope Francis asserted while celebrating Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday, 17 October.“In today’s liturgy of the Word,” ...

​Vigilant against worldliness

Pope Francis warned the faithful about “courteous demons” as he celebrated mass at Santa Marta on Friday 13 October. Such demons are well camouflaged, he ...

Let us entrust ourselves to the Archangels

Celebrating Holy Mass on the occasion of the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael at Santa Marta on Friday, 29 September, Pope Francis spoke ...

A decisive message

The “Gospel message” does not permit “nuances” or uncertainties; one cannot hide behind a “perhaps” or either “yes or no”. “Yes” is the only word ...

Beatitudes in reverse

If we simply leave the door of our heart “a bit” ajar, “God manages to enter”, saving us from joining the ranks of the “unmerciful”. ...

​Advice for the weekend

The Holy Father suggested reading the Book of Tobit “this weekend”. It requires only “a quarter of an hour” to read, but it is worth ...

The risk of giving mercy

In giving safe haven to persecuted Jews during the second World War, Pius xii offered an example of how to perform acts of mercy: through ...

We are servants

Peter, conscious of being “the greatest sinner among the Apostles” — going so far as to have “denied the Lord” — but also aware of ...

A bishop bids farewell

“Let us pray for pastors, for our pastors: for parish priests, for bishops, for the Pope; that theirs might be a life without compromise, a ...

The Pentecost of Ephesus

Are our hearts “restless” because we are “moved by the Holy Spirit”, or do our hearts need “spiritual electrocardiograms” because they are dead, flat-lined, “emotionless?”. ...

Topography of the Spirit

There are three “places of reference” in the life of every Christian: “Galilee”, “heaven” and “the world”. To these three places correspond certain “words” — ...

The Church is not for the lukewarm

The Church ought not ever to be “lukewarm” and is called, as is every single Christian, to a journey of “daily conversion”. It is important ...

Two Advocates

“Lord open my heart so I may be able to understand what you have taught us; so I may be able to remember your words; ...

Doctrine and Ideology

“For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…”: these words contained in the beginning of the Letter which the Apostles wrote ...

Resistance vs docility

Pope Francis praised early evangelizers for their “docility to the Holy Spirit in welcoming and announcing the Word”. He pointed out during Mass at Santa ...

Rigid but honest

Pope Francis called for prayer for Christian “hypocrites” who today, with their “double life”, concealing “sins and personality flaws”, are blinded by rigidness, such that ...

Never seated

Pope Francis called for a Church that “does not remain seated”, that knows how to listen to “people’s distress” like a mother who bears children ...

Like the disciples of Emmaus

We each must enter a “dialogue of three”, each as a protagonist, face-to-face with both Jesus and the adulterous woman, who is a sinner but ...

Witnesses to obedience

“Yes, I am a sinner; I am worldly, I have so much worldliness in my heart, but, Lord, you can do all: give me the ...

Mass for Tawadros II

Just days ahead of his pastoral visit to Egypt, Pope Francis offered Mass on Tuesday morning, 25 April, for his “brother Tawadros II, Patriarch of ...

Faith is concrete

What does it mean to truly experience Easter; what is the “Easter spirit?”. The question is essential, because for a Christian there is a risk ...

As a grain of sand

Each Christian should set aside one day as a day of remembrance, to reread his or her own personal life history and to place it ...

In the sign of the Cross

“Making the sign of the Cross” in a distracted way, and showing off “the symbol of Christians” as if it were “the emblem of a ...

Corruption and mercy

In the profoundly human crossroads between “innocence and sin, corruption and law”, Jesus asks that we always look upon others with mercy, without passing judgement ...

God’s Dreams and Disappointments

In reference to the day’s reading from Exodus (32:7-14) on Thursday morning, 30 March, Pope Francis suggested that the passage could appropriately be entitled “God’s ...

Dried out roots

There is a sin that “paralyzes” people’s hearts, leading them to “live in sadness” and making them “forget joy”. The sin is “sloth”, the attitude ...

A day for listening

Among the many special days which are celebrated for the most diverse reasons, it would be useful to dedicate one as a “day for listening”. ...

The grace of shame

We must ask God for the “grace of shame”, because “it is a great grace to be ashamed of our sins and thus receive forgiveness ...

Joseph the dreamer

On Monday, 20 March, the day’s liturgy commemorated the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, which is usually celebrated on 19 March. This year, however, the Feast ...

As if they don’t exist

The homeless, the new poor who can’t pay the rent, the unemployed and children who beg on the streets, who are looked down upon because ...

Learning to do good

Following the end of Lenten Spiritual exercises with the Roman Curia in Ariccia, Pope Francis resumed his customary celebration of morning Mass at Santa Marta, ...

The true fast

How can you pay €200 for a meal and then pretend not to see a starving man outside the restaurant door? How can you talk ...

The Christian’s compass

The “compass of a Christian is to follow Christ Crucified”: not a false, “disembodied and abstract” God, but the God who became flesh and brings ...

Everything and nothing

In his homily on Tuesday, 28 February, Pope Francis spoke about the joy of sacrifice in responding to Jesus’ call to follow him. He used ...

Justice and mercy

“Lord, let me be just, but just with mercy”. Pope Francis recommended this prayer in order to avoid the “hypocritical blunder” of resorting to the ...

Do not delay conversion

Pope Francis’ reflection at Santa Marta on Thursday morning, 23 February, focused on the “sin” of those who profess to be Christians and then show ...

Worldly temptations

The focus of Pope Francis’ homily on Tuesday, 21 February, was the daily struggle of all Christians as they try to overcome “worldly temptations”, such ...

How to respond to temptation

In the weakness of temptation, we must avoid entering into dialogue with the devil, and instead have the courage to pray and to ask forgiveness ...

Woman is the world’s harmony

“To understand a woman, one must dream of her first”. This is why woman is “the great gift of God”, able to “bring harmony to ...

​A matter of DNA

We must return to our origin to understand who man is and , above all, who man is in the eyes of God. Following the ...

Two wonders

With the certainty that “God always labours”, there is no need to fear living the gift of love and of liberty, setting aside once and ...

​Jesus looks at each of us

Jesus does not look at statistics but at each of us, one by one. In the Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, 31 January, ...

When martyrs don’t make the news

Pope Francis offered Mass on Monday, 30 January, in the Casa Santa Marta chapel for “today’s martyrs”, persecuted and imprisoned Christians, and for Churches which ...

Shrunken souls

A Christian’s garment must be sewn with “memory, courage, patience and hope” in order to endure even the heaviest rains without giving up and shrinking. ...

One after the other

Starting with Abraham, culminating with Jesus to the Father and continuing until today, one finds many instances in which these words are spoken: “here I ...

Three Wonders

There are three “great wonders of Jesus’ priesthood: he offered his life for us once and for all; he continues even now to pray for ...

A new heart

“God’s weakness” is that, after having forgiven us, he forgets our sins. He is always ready to make us radically “change [our] life, not just ...

The daily struggle

The heart of every Christian is the site of a “struggle”. Each time the Father “draws us” toward Jesus, there is “someone else waging war ...

No parking

The Christian, aware that “God does not disappoint”, must always have “open horizons” to hope. Even in the face of adversity, he must not remain ...

A seated soul

“To follow Jesus you have to take risks”, without fear of “appearing ridiculous”, and without trying to be “too polite”; and in this, “women are ...

No replay

“Today” and “heart” are two words that Pope Francis indicated as key to a personal examination of conscience on the state of health of our ...

The astonished innkeeper

How did Jesus teach with an authority that “astonished” and conquered, while the scribes and the doctors of law could only impose laws, but “not ...

​The Pointing Finger

The vocation of all Christians is “to be witnesses to Jesus”, to fill their lives with the “gestures” typical of John the Baptist: “pointing to ...

​The great and the least

The “apostolic courage to always say things truthfully”, the “pastoral love” to welcome people with “what little one can give”, and the ability to question ...

Mass at Santa Marta Mediators or intermediaries

Pope Francis offered the icons of Saint Polycarp, Saint Francis Saverio and Saint Paul to seminarians of Rome as he was about to be beheaded. ...

Judas and the lost sheep

The “happy announcement of Christmas” is not only that “the Lord comes with his power”, but that power is in “his caresses”, his “tenderness”. It ...

Spiritual leopards

Pope Francis pointed out the concrete testimony of Bl. Charles de Foucauld to invite Christians to “follow in his footsteps of poverty, contemplation and service ...

One Word is Enough

Like a father, God is always ready to save us, and he is only waiting for us to say “Lord”: it is enough that we ...

Three voices

In his homily at the Mass he celebrated in the Chapel of Santa Marta on Thursday morning, 24 November, Pope Francis offered a series of ...

On the day of justice

The world “does not like to think” about the ultimate reality, but this is part of human existence. And if we live “in fidelity to ...

A definitive gesture

Every Christian, especially priests, are asked to examine their conscience over the question: Is God “my Lord”, or is my heart “attached to money”? This ...

Knowing the times

The grace of recognizing when Jesus passes by, when “he knocks at our door”, the grace “of recognizing the time in which we have been ...

Lukewarm thinking

The confrontation with a “powerful” Lord, who scolds harshly, though always out of love, was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at the Mass he ...

Letter of Love

Christian love, being rooted in the Incarnation, is always “tangible”, and is often demonstrated through “works of mercy”, Pope Francis said at morning Mass on ...

Beware of fireworks

In his homily at the Mass he celebrated at Santa Marta on Thursday morning, 10 November, Pope Francis warned against the temptation of remaining fascinated ...

Liberated servants

I am a servant, yet I am free; I am a son or a daughter, not a slave. This aspect of the Christian identity was ...

The cornerstone

Jesus continues to pray for every man and women, Pope Francis said in his homily during morning Mass on Friday, 28 October at the Casa ...

With the tears of father and mother

In the face of today’s disasters, wars motivated by the worship of the god of money, the bombing of innocent people, a humanity which apparently ...

Let us make space

In order to respond to the mystery of Christ and of the Church, Christians must live with lowliness, meekness, and generosity. This was the focus ...

​In a shoreless sea

Prayer, adoration, and acknowledging that we are sinners: these are the three paths which open a Christian to the knowledge and understanding of the mystery ...

The solitude of the shepherd

Paul, John the Baptist, and Maximilian Kolbe — along with many other shepherds throughout the ages — not only lived out solitude, abandonment, and persecution, ...

Like grandma’s cookies

Christians should not be like grandma’s cookies, specifically those known as “liar’s cookies”; they are beautiful on the outside, but empty and devoid of substance ...

Dreamt of and named

On the identity card of every Christian, there is the name which God has chosen with the same tenderness of an expectant mother and father ...

Brazen faces

The “religion of appearances” or the “path of humility”? In the homily at Mass in the Chapel of Santa Marta on Tuesday, 11 October, Pope ...

Half a life

Are we living “half a life”, a life which ignores the power of the Holy Spirit? Or, are we able to open ourselves to this ...

Three graces

“To recognize spiritual desolation, to pray when we experience this state of spiritual desolation and to know how to accompany people who are suffering difficult ...

The disgrace of war

“Today, men and women of all religions, will go to Assisi, not to put on a show: but simply to pray, to pray for peace”. ...

​The light is not meant for the fridge

If you do want to be Christians merely by “name”, you have carry out your daily commitment to “preserve, and not hide”, the light that ...

Three ways to go forth

Papal Representatives must go out of themselves in three ways: physically, in that they always have a suitcase at hand; culturally, in that they quickly ...

​Under her mantle

In a world of orphans, Mary is the mother who fully understands us and defends us, because she too has personally experienced the same humiliations ...

​For a culture of encounter

An invitation to work for “the culture of encounter” in a simple way “as Jesus did”: not only seeing but looking, not only hearing but ...

We are all the Corinthians

“I ask you to do everything possible to avoid destroying the Church with division, whether it be ideological, or out of greed, ambition and jealousy”. ...

A matter of style

Evangelization is carried out first through testimony and then by words, being careful to avoid falling into the temptation of reducing ourselves to officials who ...

Handcrafted peace

We are experiencing war, but the peace that everyone seeks today won’t come from “great demonstrations” or “international meetings” with “splendid words” or a “successful ...

Look in the mirror

Jesus proposes clear rules to help us avoid falling into hypocrisy: to not judge others so that we, in turn, will not be judged by ...

The atmosphere and space

“Father” is the word that can never be lacking in prayer, because it is “the cornerstone” which gives us our Christian identity”. If we also ...

The last step

On the Christian path “there is no place for hatred”: if, as “children”, believers want to “resemble the Father”, they must not be confined to ...

Resounding silence

The Christian is “standing”, so as to welcome God in patient “silence”, in order to hear his voice and “go out” to proclaim Him to ...

A Christian’s battery

If a Christian succumbs to the temptation of a “mirror spirituality”, he is not fueling his light with the “battery of prayer” and looks “only ...

Courageous women

There are two “attitudes” that are unequivocal “signs” of being a Christian: ‘joyful service’ and “reaching out to others”. In the Mass he celebrated on ...

A caged spirit

“Prophecy, memory and hope”: these three characteristics free a person; they free people and the Church, preventing it from ending up as a “closed system” ...

Day after day

“Today, 24 May, is the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, which is celebrated with special devotion in China. I offer this Mass for all ...

​Ode to joy

“The identity card of a Christian is joy”. “Amazement” before the “greatness of God”, before his “love” and the “salvation” he has given to humanity, ...

God is not an equation

“There are eight couples present at today’s Mass who are celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary – a true testimony in this time of the culture ...

Modern-day leeches

There is a correct relationship that a Christian should have with money, with wealth. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ reflection during Mass at ...

The desire to climb

There is a temptation that “divides and destroys the Church”: the “worldly thirst for power”, envy and the desire “to climb higher”. Pope Francis remarked ...

​St Philip Neri and the chicken

We should bite our tongue when tempted to speak ill of others, because a “gossip monger” is a Christian counter witness, and even causes divisions ...

Burned away youth

“To burn life away for noble causes”. This opportunity is offered to today’s youth who, immersed in a “culture of consumerism” and of “narcissism” are ...

A perfect stranger

The Holy Spirit is a perfect stranger, if not “a prisoner of luxury”, to many unaware Christians. Yet he is the one who “moves the ...

With joy and hope

A Christian does not numb the pain, even the strongest pain that shakes his faith, and he does not experience joy and hope as if ...

Making our way

Jesus is the way, and for Christians the journey of life is part cross and part resurrection. But on the way there are those who ...

The cost of witness

There is a “twofold witness” in Christian life: that of the Spirit who “opens the heart”, showing us Jesus, and that of the person who ...

A double life

St John’s advice to the “adolescent Church” of the first century applies perfectly to us today. Francis thus proposed the content of the Apostle’s First ...

Innovation and resistance

Ever since Pentecost the “protagonist of the Church” has been the Holy Spirit: it is he who “moves all things”, who helps us “to be ...

Three dimensional Christians

A Christian is a person of hope, who knows and witnesses that Jesus lives, that he is among us, that he prays to the Father ...

Journey and remembrance

Along the path of life we never walk alone, and in order to remember that God is beside us, he helps us understand that salvation ...

The requisite direction

The direction for Christian life are quite simple. There is no need to go searching for advice: suffice it follow a voice, like sheep do ...

When a man is down

“Rise and go”, the Lord said to Saul, who had fallen to the ground on the road to Damascus, and He sent Ananias to baptize ...

Docile and joyful

“Speak Lord, for I hear”. The Pope suggested addressing God with these simple words of Samuel “when we have doubt, when we don’t know or ...

Two kinds of persecution

There are two types of persecution against Christians, the Pope said on Tuesday morning, 12 April, during Mass at Santa Marta. There is the explicit ...

The lifeblood

The Church needs the witness of martyrs, of “consistent” Christians who “live their life in earnest”. In his reflection during Mass at Santa Marta on ...

The thread of hope

Spes contra spem, “believe against all hope”. This is the Christian identity card posed by St Paul who, following in the footsteps of Abraham, was ...

The serpent that kills and the one that saves

If we want to understand the “history of our redemption” we must look at the Crucifix. Pope Francis’ homily for Mass at Santa Marta on ...

I don’t understand but I trust you

A homeless man who died of exposure in Rome, four sisters of Mother Teresa’s congregation killed in Yemen, the rising incidence of illness in “Terra ...

The forgiveness equation

Mercy was at the heart of the liturgy on Tuesday, 1 March. It was the “most repeated word” and thus the focus of Pope Francis’ ...

Salvation comes from little things

God’s salvation comes not from great things, not from power or money, no from clerical or political networks, but from little and simple things that ...

A name or an adjective

Are we open to others and capable of mercy, or do we live locked up within ourselves, slaves to our selfishness? On Thursday morning, 25 ...

Between talk and action

It is no of use calling ourselves Christians, because “God is practical”, and what is important not talk but action. The Pope proposed getting back ...

Ever decreasing

John the Baptist, “the greatest of the prophets”, teaches us a fundamental rule of Christian life: humble ourselves so that Jesus may grow. This is ...

The greatest legacy

Faith is the greatest legacy that a man or woman can leave. It is faith that encourages us not to fear death, which is only ...

There is no humility without humiliation

There can be neither humility nor holiness without taking the path of humiliation. Francis spoke of this truth as he recalled the story of David ...

From sin to corruption

For the whole of the Church: may she never fall from sin to corruption. Pope Francis called for this prayer during Mass on Friday morning, ...

Without measure

The theme of witness, as a fundamental element of Christian life, was the focus of Pope Francis’ reflection during Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday ...

The twelve pillars

“Praying and witnessing” are the “two tasks of bishops”, who are the “pillars of the Church”. But should they weaken it is the People of ...

The ultimate instrument

On Thursday, 21 January, during Mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis cautioned against envy, a sin that can lead one to kill. The first reading ...

New wineskins

A Christian who hides behind the notion that “this is how it’s always been done...” is committing a sin, becomes idolatrous and disobedient, and lives ...

A step forward

Faith is “a gift” that one cannot buy or acquire on their merit. On Friday, 15 January, Pope Francis drew inspiration from the day’s liturgy ...

Victory and defeat

The power of prayer by one with faith was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily on Thursday morning, 14 January, during Mass at Santa ...

A struggle with God

The power of prayer, the true driving force of the life of the Church, was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily for the Mass at ...

​A surprising embrace

The Holy Year of Mercy reminds us that “God always loves first”, unconditionally, and welcomes us just as we are, by embracing us and forgiving ...

The only criterion

Those who put into practice the works of mercy confirm that their actions come from God. The only criterion to gauge this in fact turns ...

A grandmother’s lesson

“God forgives everything; otherwise the world would not exist”: these words, spoken by an elderly Portuguese woman to Jorge Bergoglio in 1992, provided a real ...

​The daily struggle

Based on the daily Liturgy, Francis spoke again of the Church and of the risks you take when you allow the temptation of worldliness to ...

An identity card up for auction

We mustn’t put our Christian identity card “up for auction”, nor align ourselves with the worldly spirit that can lead to apostasy and persecution. Pope ...

Beauty great and small

“Never fall into the idolatry of immanence and of habit” and “always aim beyond”. From immanence look to transcendence and from routine look to the ...

Capable of compassion

God’s forgiveness is not a court sentence granting a pardon “for lack of evidence”. It comes instead from the Father’s compassion for each person. This ...

Like a mother hen

“With the tenderness of a father”. In Pope Francis’ homily during the Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday, 29 October, he reiterated a certainty: God ...

Times change

“Times change and we Christians must constantly change”. Pope Francis repeated this message throughout the Mass he celebrated on Friday morning, 23 October in the ...

How and how much

“Covetousness is a form of idolatry” to fight with the capacity to share, to give and to give oneself to others. The thorny subject of ...

The seduction of chiaroscuro

There is a strong and dangerous “virus” that threatens us, but there is also a Father “who loves us so much” and protects us. The ...

Those who take away the keys

“One of the hardest things for all of us Christians to understand is the free gift of salvation in Christ”, because there have always been ...

The well-mannered evil one

In his homily during the Mass on Friday morning, 9 October, in the Chapel of Santa Marta Pope Francis recommended discernment and vigilance in order ...

The angel and the child

So that we are never left alone, God has put at each person’s side a guardian angel to support and protect us, to accompany us ...

Nostalgia for God

It is “nostalgia for God” that leads us to seek in him our true “identity”. Strengthened by this awareness, which also matured throughout the history ...

A contagious motherhood

In a seemingly “orphaned” world there is hope for a “contagious motherhood” that brings acceptance, tenderness and forgiveness. During Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday, ...

On the path of humility

When contemplating Jesus on the cross, we ought not to look at those paintings that are far too beautiful and do not represent the harsh ...

The risk of hypocrisy

“If you were to find a person who has never, ever, ever spoken ill of another, he could be canonized immediately”. Francis used this statement ...

How peace is made

“Words, words, words”, Mina sang in a well-known song. The Pope even repeated the chorus to evoke essential nature of the “Christian way”. It needs ...

Everything is there in the littleness

“Everything is there in the ‘littleness’”. In the Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, 8 September, the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, Pope ...

A twofold confession

Only those who are humble and able to recognize their own condition as sinners can let themselves truly be encountered by the Lord. The characteristics ...

Advice from Paul

The testimony of Job and Michelangelo's fresco of the Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel are two icons that can restore our certainty in the ...

Let us close the distance

Get close to marginalized people, close the distance until touching them without being afraid to get dirty. This is the “Christian closeness” that Jesus showed ...

Listen first

How is a Christian recognized? From her attitude. During Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday, 25 June, Pope Francis commented on the Gospel passage from ...

The strength in our weakness

“Weakness, prayer, forgiveness”. These three words remind us that without God’s help we cannot go forward in life. Pope Francis offered this reflection at Mass ...

Wealth and poverty

The focus of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday, 16 June, was the “theology of poverty”. The Pontiff’s reflection began from ...

Key words

Walk toward God and toward others, in service and in poverty. Pope Francis’ meditation, during Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday, 11 June, can be ...

​From rejection comes salvation

God always gives life to a “love story” with each one of us. And despite the seeming “failures”, both great and small, the “dream of ...

Three lifestyles

During Mass at Santa Marta on Friday, 29 May, Pope Francis explained that there are “three lifestyles”. He drew from the passage from the Gospel ...

​Which type of Christians are we?

Showroom Christians — whether selfish, businessmen, worldly or rigorists — try to push away people seeking Jesus. Pope Francis warned of this temptation during Mass ...

Our wage from Jesus

A Christian’s wage is that she bears a “likeness to Jesus”: there is no reward in cash or in power for one who truly follows ...

Unity isn’t made with glue

Unity in the Church was at the heart of Pope Francis’ reflection during Mass on Thursday morning, 21 May, in the chapel at Santa Marta. ...

The importance of saying goodbye

Pope Francis recalled the suffering of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, rejected and abandoned in the middle of the sea, and of the Christian and ...

Without fear

Fear and sadness cause illness in people and even in the Church; they cause paralysis and selfishness, and in the end spoil the air of ...

As the Spirit moves

On the Feast of Our Lady of Luján, Patroness of Argentina, Pope Francis offered up morning Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae ...

The counsel of Paul

In the inevitable “hardships of life” the Christian must entrust herself to the Lord in prayer, with the certitude that she will receive that “true ...

​Memory and service

A Christian doesn’t walk alone: he is included within a people and a secular history, and is called to place himself at the service of ...

Open to surprises

Ask the Lord for “the grace to not be afraid when the Spirit, with confidence, tells me to take a step forward”. Also ask for ...

To each his own encounter

Each man and woman has a personal encounter with the Lord. A true and actual encounter that can radically change one’s life. The secret lies ...

The Church of martyrs

“Today the Church is the Church of martyrs”. And among these martyrs are “our brothers whose throats were cut on the beach of Libya; that ...

From astonishment to power

A Christian must avoid the temptation of going from “religious astonishment of the encounter with the Lord” to seeking to take advantage of it for ...

Time is God’s messenger

At this very moment, many many Christians “are being martyred for the name of Jesus” and gladly suffer abuse, even to death. “For the love ...

Harmony, poverty and patience

There are three types of grace to ask for Christians communities: harmony, poverty and grace. During Tuesday’s Mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis continued his ...

The courage to be bold

The Holy Spirit alone gives us the “strength to proclaim Jesus Christ up to the final testimony”. And the Spirit “comes from whatever place, like ...

Ode to joy

Joy and hope are Christian traits. It is sad to find a believer who knows no joy, fearful in his attachment to cold doctrine. This ...

Three women and three judges

“Where there is no mercy, there is no justice”. Paying the price for this lack of mercy, when faced with “profiteering, depraved and rigid judges” ...

Don’t close that door

Lent is a propitious time to ask the Lord, “for each of us and for the whole Church”, for “conversion to the mercy of Jesus”. ...

How we are changed

We are the “dream of God” who, truly in love, wants to “change our life”. Through love. He only asks us to have faith to ...

Never a spectacle

God’s way is through “simplicity”. There is no point seeking it in “worldly spectacle”. In our life as well, He always acts “in humility, in ...

When the Lord exaggerates

Pope Francis continued his reflections on the theme of conversion, following the daily Liturgy of the Word. After his call on Monday to blame ourselves, ...

Shame and mercy

Feeling shame and blaming oneself, instead of assigning fault to others, judging and condemning them. This is the first step on the path of Christian ...

Abstaining from injustice

“Using God to cover up injustice is an extremely serious sin”. Pope Francis issued this stern warning against social injustice, most of all the sort ...

Stop and choose

In the hustle and bustle of life, it is important to have the courage to stop and choose. The season of Lent serves this very ...

​As martyrs

“We offer this Mass for our 21 Coptic brothers, slaughtered for the sole reason that they were Christians”. These were Pope Francis’ words during the ...

Working with God

God is always working through love and it is up to us to respond to Him with responsibility and in the spirit of reconciliation, which ...

​The Gospel in hand

Read a page of the Gospel every day, for “10, 15 minutes and no more”, keep your “eyes fixed on Jesus” in order to imagine ...

That first love

“Never forget that first love”, which is “the joy of the first encounter with Jesus”. This means we need to constantly nourish our hope. And ...

Privatized salvation

God saves us “personally”. He saves us “by name” but always included “within a people”. During Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis cautioned ...

The food of Jesus

Pray for the desire to follow God’s will, to know God’s will and, once you know it, to go forth with God’s will. Pope Francis ...

We owe it all to women

There is no timidity or shame in being Christians, for faith has “a spirit of power and love and self-control”. This was Pope Francis’ lesson ...

When God forgets

Confession is not a “judgement” nor is it like going to a “dry cleaner” who removes the stain of sins. It is the encounter with ...

The One who intercedes on our behalf

Jesus saves and Jesus intercedes: these are the two key words to understanding that essential point that is most important for our life. This is ...

Hardened hearts

A hardened heart is unable to comprehend even the greatest miracles. But “how does a heart become hardened?”, Pope Francis asked during Mass at Santa ...

May the Lord change the hearts of the cruel

On Thursday, 8 January, Pope Francis celebrated the morning Mass at Santa Marta in suffrage for victims of Wednesday’s cruel terrorist attack in Paris. He ...

The time of re-creation

In order to truly be Mother, the Church must “let herself be startled by the newness of God”, who through the Holy Spirit is able ...

Those who will be first

The basic condition for walking the “path of salvation” is a “contrite heart”, one that is capable of recognizing its own sins. Thus, the Lord’s ...

The darkness in the heart

“I ask the Lord for the grace that our heart may be simple, bright with the truth He gives us, and this way we can ...

God’s lullaby

God is like a mother who tenderly sings us lullabies and isn’t afraid to even act “foolish”, out of his love for us. Francis thus ...

Going out to give life

We don’t need a Church that’s merely a “museum”, nor a perfectly defined organization where everything is “in its place, all tidy”, but which lacks ...

​Founded on rock

On Thursday morning, 4 December, during Mass at Santa Marta, Francis warned that “so many good people” give in to the temptation to to be ...

Only the humble understand

The grandeur of the mystery of Jesus can be known only by humbling and abasing oneself like Jesus, who went so far as to be ...

All for her spouse

In the widow who places her two coins in the temple treasury, we see the “image of the Church” who must be poor, humble and ...

Fear of surprises

Jesus often weeps for his Church, even today, as he did before the closed gates of Jerusalem. At morning Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday, ...

Children’s Day

A scaled-down version of Youth Day in Rome, but even better - Children’s Day, complete with a lively catechism lesson, up close and personal with ...

No laziness

How should our faith be? This is the Apostles’ question and ours as well. The answer is: “a faith that is set within the framework ...

God’s gift is free

We shouldn’t be afraid of the gratuitousness of God which upsets the order of human convenience and exchange. Pope Francis highlighted this idea during his ...

A bishop’s joy

“A bishop’s feelings” or “a bishop’s joy”. Pope Francis himself provided the ideal title for the passage from the reading from the Letter of St ...

The law and the flesh

There are “two paths”, and it is Jesus himself, with his “gestures of closeness”, who tells us which direction to take. One, indeed, is the ...

A beautiful struggle

The life of a Christian “is a military life” and it takes “strength and courage” to “withstand” the Devil’s temptations and to “proclaim” the truth. ...

Catholic — but not too Catholic

There are Christians who stop at the “reception desk” of the Church and stop at the threshold, without going in, to avoid compromising themselves. This ...

Christians in a gray area

An examination of conscience regarding our speech, as St Paul proposes, will help us to answer an essential question about ourselves: Are we Christians of ...

The stone and the bricks

It is the Holy Spirit who builds the Church and cements her unity, founded on the cornerstone that is Jesus. To guide our collaboration in ...

An infinite horizon

Paul’s “mystical experience” with Jesus reminds us that alone we cannot be Christians, loving God and our neighbour “without the power and grace of the ...

Waiting with hope

Christians are called to be men and women of hope, united by the certainty of a God who does not give up. This was part ...

Like burning incense

Knowing we were personally chosen even before the creation of the world, every man must rediscover the importance of the prayer of free and joyous ...

The God of surprises

“A heart that loves the law, for the law is God’s”, but “which also loves God’s surprises”, for his “holy law is not an end ...

The heart on guard

Do we guard our heart well? Do we protect it from the demon’s constant attempts to enter it and dwell there? These were among the ...

That ‘more’ of God

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks ...

Lest we forget

What is prayer? It means “remembering our history, before God. Because our history” is “is the history of his love for us”. During the Mass ...

Salvation our way

Man experiences within himself “the tragedy of not accepting God’s salvation” because he would prefer “to be saved in his own way”. Jesus even reaches ...

We all have an angel

We all have an angel who is always beside us, who never abandons us and helps us not to lose our way. And if we ...

Prayers in the darkness

During Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday, 30 September, Pope Francis called for prayer, like that of the Church, for those everywhere who suffer as ...

Angels and demons

The fight against the subtle plans of destruction and dehumanization brought forth by the devil — who “presents things as if they were good”, even ...

True identity

The identity card of a Christian should be the same in all respects as that of Jesus. And the Cross is what we have in ...

Like peeling an onion

There are many “Christians who strut about”, afflicted by vanity, who “live for appearances” and live “to be seen”. They end up turning their life ...

Two conditions

The Word of God is not “a comic strip” to be read, but a lesson to be listened to with the heart and to be ...

Fear of being raised

Christian identity is fulfilled for us only with the resurrection, which will be “like a reawakening”. Pope Francis advised “being with the Lord”, walking with ...

When God visits

With his witness, a Christian must show others the same attitudes with which God visits his people: closeness, compassion, the capacity to restore hope. Pope ...

Three Women

Two women and mothers — Mary and the Church — bring Christ to a third woman, who resembles the first two but is “little”: our ...

Those foolish Christians

Being Christian means being “a bit foolish”, at least according to worldly logic. And this is by no means self-reflexive, since one cannot manage to ...

On Jesus’ list

The Lord is the “one who prays, who chooses and who is not ashamed to be close to the people”. Commenting on a passage from ...

Small and holy

God is “the Lord of history” and also of “patience”. He “walks with us”: for this reason the Christian is called not to fear great ...

New wine, new wineskins

Do not have fear of making changes according to the law of the Gospel: “The Church asks all of us for a few changes. She ...

Why boast about sins

“Of what things can a Christian boast? Two things: his sins and Christ crucified”. Only one thing really counts: the encounter with Christ which changes ...

The old woman and the theologian

It is the Holy Spirit who gives “identity” to the Christian. This is why — Pope Francis said in his homily during morning Mass at ...

The Gospel in your pocket

“Jesus is present in the Word of God and he speaks to us”. This is why “the Word of God is different even from the ...

Martyrs handled with white gloves

Today is still the time of martyrs: Christians are persecuted in the Middle East where they are forced to flee, even handled “in an elegant ...

God’s lullaby

We have a God who is “in love with us”, who pampers us tenderly and sings us a lullaby just as a daddy does with ...

Those who speak without authority

People need a “good shepherd” who knows how to understand and reach the heart. Just like Jesus. And it’s him that we have to follow ...

Christians who can humble themselves

Prepare, discern, decrease. These three verbs describe the spiritual experience of St. John the Baptist, who came before the Messiah “preaching the baptism of conversion” ...

No one can judge

One who judges puts himself in God’s place and thus faces certain defeat in life because he’ll be paid back in kind. And he'll live ...

Treasure Hunt

“Money, vanity and power” don’t make us happy. The real treasures, the riches that count, are “love, patience, service to others and worshipping God”. This ...

Sinners with white gloves

The exit door for the corrupt is asking forgiveness and doing penance. Pope Francis emphasized this during Holy Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, ...

When hate kills

In order to fully carry out justice, living the commandment of love, it is important to be realists, to be consistent, and to acknowledge that ...

The Christian’s identity card

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 9 June, Pope Francis reflected on each point of the passage in today’s reading from the Gospel ...

A house that’s not for rent

“Uniformists, alternativists and advantagists” are three buzz words that Pope Francis coined [in Italian] — “martyring the Italian language a bit” as he himself admitted ...

Like children in the presence of a gift

In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday, 20 May, Pope Francis commented on St John’s account of Jesus’ words to his disciples in his ...

Moving and steady

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 19 May, Pope Francis commented on the Readings of the day from the Acts of the Apostles ...

Three doors

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 16 May, Pope Francis commented on the day’s Readings from the Acts of the Apostles (13:26-33) and ...

Amid memory and hope

Jesus is not a solitary hero who comes down from heaven to save us, but rather the central point and final end of the history ...

Those who open the doors

In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday, 13 May, Pope Francis commented on the day’s Readings from the Acts of the Apostles (11:19-26) and ...

He must increase and we must decrease

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 9 May, Pope Francis reflected on the holiness of the saints in light of the day’s Readings ...

No bureaucracy in the sacristy

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 8 May, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Readings from the Acts of the Apostles (8:26-40) and ...

Why do I follow Jesus?

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 5 May, Pope Francis commented on the day’s Reading from the Gospel of John (6:22-29). There the ...

Even today people are killed in the name of God

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 2 May, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Readings from the Acts of the Apostles (5:34-42) and ...

No fear of joy

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 24 April, Pope Francis reflected on the contrast between what the Apostles felt after the Lord’s Resurrection: ...

The devil exists

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 11 April, Pope Francis focused his reflection on the Christian's battle against Satan and the reality of ...

The dictatorship of uniform thought

In his homily on Thursday, 10 April, Pope Francis commented on the day’s Readings from the Book of Genesis (17:3-9) and the Gospel of John ...

Misery and glory

In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday, 8 April, Pope Francis commented on the day’s Readings from the Book of Numbers (21:4-9) and from ...

Forgiveness in a caress

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 7 April, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Readings from the Book of the Prophet Daniel (13:1-9, ...

Beyond formalism

In his homily during Holy Mass on Tuesday, 1 April, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel from the Gospel of John (5:1-6), in which ...

Salvation is a gift

In his homily on Tuesday morning, 25 March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis invited those present at Holy Mass to “celebrate and give ...

Marginalized and therefore saved

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 24 March, Pope Francis delivered a powerful reflection on the virtue of humility, based on the day’s ...

The imprisoned word

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 21 March, Pope Francis commented on the Readings from the day's liturgy, taken from the Book of ...

The nameless man

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 20 March, Pope Francis commented on the day's Readings from the Prophet Jeremiah (17:5-10) and the Gospel ...

Christians without masks

In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday18 March, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of Lent in light of the day's readings from Isaiah ...

Mercy and judgement

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 17 March, Pope Francis preached on mercy. Commenting on the day's readings from the Prophet Daniel (9:4-10) ...

The ghost of hypocrisy

With the “ghost of hypocrisy” we forget how to take care of a patient, a child or an elderly person. And it doesn't allow us ...

The Christian way

In his homily on Thursday morning, 6 March, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel from the evangelist Luke (9:22-25), in which Jesus foretells the ...

Martyrdom does not belong only to the past

In his homily on Tuesday morning, 4 March, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel from the evangelist Mark (10:28-31). The Pope began: “Jesus had ...

Sisters and priests free from idolatry

In his homily on Monday morning, 3 March, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel from St. Mark (10:17-27), in which the evangelist recounts Jesus' ...

When a love fails

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday morning, 28 February, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel of the day from the evangelist Mark (10:1-2), ...

The scandal of inconsistency

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 27 February, Pope Francis commented on the Readings of the day taken from the Letter of James ...

Those who make merry through war

In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday morning, 25 February, Pope Francis commented on the day's readings from the Letter of James (4:1-10) and ...

Returning home

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 24 February, Pope Francis commented on the day's Gospel from St Mark (9:14-29). There the evangelist recounts ...

Faith is not casuistry

In his homily on Friday morning, 21 February, Pope Francis reflected on the day's first Reading from the Letter of St James (2:14-24,26), which states ...

But who do you say that I am?

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 20 February, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel from St Mark (8:27-33), in which the evangelist ...

Resist temptation

Temptation presents itself to us in subtle ways, infecting the whole environment that surrounds us and always causes us to look for justifications. In the ...

A holy patience

There are people who know how to suffer with a smile and keep “the joy of faith” despite trials and illnesses. These are the people ...

Moving forward beyond obstacles

To walk, to move forward past difficulties. This is the attitude the Christian must have, because it is part of his identity. A Christian who ...

The king and the woman

Pope Francis spoke about the risk of corruption at the Mass he celebrated on Thursday morning, 13 February, in the Chapel of Santa Marta. He ...

Return to the first Galilee

Pope Francis focused his homily on “the image of a disciple” at the Mass he celebrated on Friday morning, 7 February, in the Chapel of ...

What we leave to others

To live our whole life within the Church, as sinners but not as corrupt traitors, and with an attitude of hope that allows us to ...

When God cries

Pope Francis spoke on the theme of fatherhood in his homily at the Mass he celebrated on Tuesday morning, 4 February, in the Chapel at ...

When faced with darkness

In his homily at Mass on Monday morning, 3 February, in the Chapel of Santa Marta, Pope Francis revived the testimony of King David, “a ...

The martyrs of our sins

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 31 January, Pope Francis commented on the day's Gospel from St Mark (4:26-34), which he said “speaks ...

No dichotomy between Christ and the Church

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday 30 January, Pope Francis reflected on a verse from Psalm 132 which he said “opens the door ...

The prayer of praise

In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday, 28 January, Pope Francis continued his reflection on the second Book of Samuel (6:12-15, 17-17) which tells ...

When priests don't make news

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 27 January, Pope Francis reflected on the first Reading from the second Book of Samuel (5:1-7,10), which ...

How to create dialogue

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 24 January, Pope Francis continued his reflection on the first book of Samuel (24:3-21), which recounts the ...

Hearts free of envy and jealousy

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 23 January, Pope Francis spoke about jealously and envy and described them as the doors through which ...

The God of surprises

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday morning, 20 January, Pope Francis commented on the day's Readings from the first Book of Samuel (15:16-23) ...

Like all the others

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 17 January, Pope Francis commented on the first Reading from the first Book of Samuel (8:4-7,10-22). Continuing ...

Four Models

In his homily at Mass on Tuesday, 14 January, Pope Francis commented on the the readings of the day taken from the first Book of ...

God's love is an art

In his homily on Monday morning, 13 January, at the Chapel of Santa Marta, Pope Francis commented on the day's Gospel from St Mark (1:14-20). ...

What a priest should be

In his homily at Holy Mass on Saturday, 11 January, at the Chapel of Santa Marta, Pope Francis continued his reflection on the first Letter ...

Love is not a soap opera

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 9 January, Pope Francis commented on the first Reading from the Letter of St John (4:11-18), wherein ...

Awaiting the birth

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 23 December, Pope Francis commented on the simple yet profound prayer found on the Church's lips in ...

Mystery doesn't seek publicity

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday morning, 20 December, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel from St Luke (1:26-38), which record the ...

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